Published 5/29/2012 in Youth In ExcellenceTy Stelting likes a challenge.
"My favorite class was government with the best teacher ever, Joel McClure. It was challenging, but very fun and educational," Stelting, a graduating senior from Deerfield High School, wrote in a questionnaire to The Telegram.
Stelting has met many of the challenges of the classroom, earning a spot on the 4.0 grade-point average honor roll all four years.
Stelting attended the Deerfield school district since seventh grade, and previously attended schools in Garden City, Weatherford, Okla., Goodland and Lakin.
During his high school career, Stelting amassed an impressive array of extracurricular activities, having participated in Future Farmers of America, forensics, Scholars Bowl, Odyssey of the Mind, SkillsUSA, site council, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Hugh O'Brien Youth Leadership, board of education student representative, and Family, Career and Community Leaders of America.
In the athletic spectrum, Stelting participated in basketball, track, cross country and golf.
Stelting wrote that his favorite memory was "working with my little brother, Jensyn, and working with the TWIX elementary program."
The graduating Spartan has a piece of advice for incoming high school freshmen, and it's one that he's exemplified during his time in USD 216.
"Be active and always try your hardest, like it is your favorite thing to do, and make it your obligation to work hard," Stelting wrote.
Stelting's hobbies include listening to music — that's all you can do in the country, he wrote — and hanging out with his friends, especially his girlfriend.
As he looks to the future, Stelting plans on attending the University of Kansas and majoring in business.
As his friends and classmates prepare to go their separate ways, Stelting urges them to remember their Deerfield work ethics.
"Don't forget that quitting should be the hardest thing to do because our class never quit on our goals," he wrote.
The busy student athlete wrote that he wants to be remembered by his fellow classmates as someone who gave his all, as evidenced by his many contributions as a Deerfield student.
"I want to be remembered as a person who left nothing behind and always put everything on the line," he wrote.
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